27

Feb

2014

Obey presents: SYNDICATE feat. Om Unit

Come 8 March 2014, SYNDICATE invades 醉红楼 (Zui Hong Lou) to play host to one of the most prominent producer/DJ from the UK at the moment – Om Unit. Fresh from his US and Australian tour, this beatmaker has been garnering global attention with his own unique blend of hip hop, drum & bass and Chicago footwork rhythms.

After years of churning hip hop releases as 2Tall in the noughties and a name under which as turntablist he emerged as a DMC finalist, Jim Coles gave himself a new identity as Om Unit in 2010. Since then Coles has spent the years refining his unique sound with releases on Goldie’s Metalheadz, dBridge’s Exit Records, Plastician’s Terrorhythm and Civil Music. With a sound that is deeply rooted in jungle and hardcore of the early 90s and as proclaimed by leading electronic music portal THUMP, Om Unit now ‘stands at the fringes of drum & bass, dubstep and future-gazing bass music’.

In between an immensely hectic touring schedule, taking in much of Europe, North America, Japan and Australia and representing for Tempo Clash alongside Blue Daisy, Kutmah, Kidkanevil and Offshore (R.I.P), the RBMA 2011 graduate has been heading up a “slow/fast” revolution and launching new sounds with his own label Cosmic Bridge, where he is responsible for introducing artists Danny Scrilla and Moresounds amongst others and has also released a series of limited edition and now highly sought “Edits” 10″s.

This Om Unit debut in Singapore will be supported by the residents from the SYNDICATE stable. The baton to pilot the aural journey for the night will be passed through the label’s latest signing, Intriguant, and bass stalwarts, Kiat and Darren Dubwise.

Prior to kicking off the party and keeping the SYNDICATE tradition for the search for new talents, another round of Beat Invitational showcase is set to take place to unearth more musical nuggets and gems all freshly made in Singapore. Covering a wide spectrum of sounds, the showcase will feature A.X.L., CrazyButCool, Derrick Motif, Pixel Apartment and Rafi Dean, who will be playing tracks from his upcoming EP.

Event Details

Obey presents:
SYNDICATE ft. Om Unit

Om Unit (Cosmic Bridge/Civil Music/Exit/Metalheadz)
Darren Dubwise
Intriguant
Kiat

+ The Beat Invitational
A.X.L.
CrazyButCool
Derrick Motif
Pixel Apartment
Rafi Dean

8 March 2014, Saturday
9PM – 2AM
醉红楼 (Zui Hong Lou)
8 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069789
Admission: No cover charge, please support by buying drinks :)

01

Dec

2013

SYNDICATE Subsessions ft. Octover and Cherry Chan

The SYNDICATE Subsessions is back for its final installation with two long-awaited performances from the SYNDICATE stable, Octover and Cherry Chan. Ever since the release of their self-titled album earlier this year, Octover has yet to play a “full-length” live set and the Subsessions stage is definitely ready for the talented duo. Gracing the same stage for the first time too, Cherry Chan is set to unleash tracks from her upcoming release.

After getting favourable features and reviews from online music giants such as Pitchfork and Yours Truly, Octover’s self-titled album has got to be the electronica release out from Singapore for 2013. Their tracks were also featured on various podcasts by acclaimed DJs worldwide such as Kevin Beadle and Lefto.

For this special performance, Octover has roped in three other musicians to perform their numbers all live without any electronic playback. The five piece line-up will feature established artists who are great Har hittar du snurrig Roulette, nervpirrande Blackjack online och strategisk Video Poker, men det som verkligen star ut fran mangden ar utbudet av Slots. musicians on their own. Kerong Chok (keyboards), Andy Yang (bass) and Adam Shah (drums) will join Jason Tan and Vanessa Fernandez on stage for this one-night only performance.

Meanwhile, Cherry Chan will be presenting an exclusive one-off live set. The first lady of SYNDICATE will be premiering forthcoming tracks from her first solo full length entitled Poncho Poncho! on the SYNDICATE imprint. This concept album soundtracks a character named Poncho and it’s innocent observations of human reactions towards hardships and life’s curve balls.

In this special performance, Cherry will be featuring a little ensemble of “Lux”, “Miro” and “Tin Tin” conducted by Natalie Soh and visual art from various mystery artists, stringing together the music story of Poncho from the dark to the quirky.

Event Details

SYNDICATE & The Substation Presents:
SYNDICATE Subsessions ft
Octover with Kerong Chok, Andy Yang and Adam Shah
Cherry Chan with Natalie Soh

Visuals by Brandon Tay

14 December 2013, Saturday
8PM – 10PM
The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street

$20 – tickets available from the Substation Box Office
6337 7800 / boxoffice@substation.org

29

Oct

2013

Vandetta – Vandetta is now online

We celebrate our latest release with a debut EP from Singapore’s songstress, Vanessa Fernandez, under her new solo guise as Vandetta. The self-produced, five-track EP showcases yet another different side of the multi-faceted artist, who is also part of electronic duo Octover.

This solo adventure sees Vandetta pushing the boundaries as an artist where she made her voice as the only instrument used on the record. Vocal pops, clicks and hisses are carefully crafted to form the back beats for each track. This sets the pace for her to hum pulsating basslines, whisper the melodies and wail like an angel through the various arrangements.

Minimal and misty, the EP starts out contemplatively with “Walls” & “Myne”. The sparseness of these two numbers highlights the meticulous processing of the individual elements extracted from her voice. With “Fly”, which is also the first single for the release, Vandetta amped it up a notch with a head-nodding rhythm and returned to what she does best, belting out lyrics with great gusto. The vocal experiments resume on “Number One” and “Ground Zero” as the singer explores the realm of processing pitches and textures on her voice.

A challenging project that will definitely place any singer in a vulnerable position. But the ethereal and pensive product that is Vandetta makes it sound like the challenge was turned into a wonderful journey of self-discovery.

Check out Vandetta – Vandetta in the SYNDICATE Bandcamp store. Also out in all major stores:

iTunes
Juno
Deezer
Amazon
eMusic

12

Oct

2013

SYNDICATE Subsessions ft. Botanicals and Intriguant

For this upcoming installation, the SYNDICATE Subsessions presents the debut of two new live electronic acts – Botanicals and Intriguant. While the names may be unfamiliar to many, the personnel behind these pseudonyms don’t need much of an introduction as they dorn new masks to push their adventure in music further.

Botanicals is a downtempo project led by one of SYNDICATE residents, Darren Dubwise. More known for his bass heavy club sets, Botanicals is set to unveil a whole different side of the DJ/producer. Taking influence from early electronica and pop hooks, this new act can be best described as fuzzy dreamy future pop. Mr. Dubwise promises to slow down the tempo and his live show will be joined by guest sessionists from the SYNDICATE stable and beyond. It will be music for dreams.

Meanwhile, Intriguant is the brainchild of Louis Quek who is more known for his hip hop & funk DJ outings as Intrigue. As Intriguant, Louis leans more towards textural sounds and syncopated beats which will be presented in a special audio-visual performance just for SYNDICATE Subsessions. He has roped in our own visualist, Brandon Tay, to design the visual journey for his set.

The Intriguant project incorporates the concept of granular synthesis and aims to engage the audience in an altered sensorial perspective through sights and sounds. This performance is set to be a preview of Intriguant’s debut EP, Ellipse, to be released in late 2013.

Event Details

SYNDICATE & The Substation Presents:
SYNDICATE Subsessions ft Botanicals and Intriguant
Visuals by Brandon Tay

19 October 2013, Saturday
8PM – 10PM
The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street
$20 – tickets available from the Substation Box Office
6337 7800 / boxoffice@substation.org

12

Sep

2013

SYNDICATE feat. Africa Hitech

SYNDICATE feat. Africa Hitech

Come 5 October 2013, SYNDICATE returns to Home Club with a Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) special featuring renowned electronic act, Africa Hitech. Besides gracing the stage for a special one-night only performance, the dynamic duo will also be chatting to local music enthusiasts during the exclusive and intimate RBMA Info Sessions.

Comprising longtime electronic dance music fixtures Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313, Global Communications, Jedi Knights) and Steve Spacek, Africa Hitech has enough combined music experience to explore almost every genre of pulsing bass-driven music to perfection.

Individually, they are known for their contributions to the vast borderlands of hip hop and ambitious electronic music. They met over a decade ago, and began collaborating sporadically, before finally starting Africa Hitech. Since then, they’ve dipped their toes in everything from grime, UK funky and juke to field recordings and jazz.

Joining Africa Hitech and making his debut on the SYNDICATE stage will be local emcee/producer Mean from The.XS Collective. Fresh from dropping the In Flight EP earlier this year, Mean is a versatile artist who generates his own distinct brand of hazy hip hop with both ethereal beats and rhymes.

Completing the performance line-up for the night will be residents from the SYNDICATE stable Max Lane and Kiat, who will be throwing a special set with Vandetta. The collective’s visual specialist, Brandon Tay, will pilot the visuals throughout the night.

Another Beat Invitational showcase is set to take place, unearthing more musical nuggets and gems, all freshly made in Singapore. Covering a wide spectrum of sounds, the showcase will feature Heizenberg, .gif, Mont Berg Kingsmen, FuturaHelvetica and Vandetta, who will be playing tracks from her upcoming self-titled EP.

Prior to kicking off the party, Africa Hitech will speak to 40 members of Singapore’s music scene at the exclusive RBMA Info Session, to share insights from their dynamic musical careers, as well as their tenure at Warp Records. The duo will share anecdotes of their first meeting as fellow lecturers at the 2007 RBMA in Toronto, Canada, and how that progressed to the formation of their groundbreaking partnership.

Event Details

Red Bull Music Academy & Home Club present:
SYNDICATE ft. Africa Hitech

Africa Hitech (Warp Records)
Mean (The.XS Collective)
Kiat ft. Vandetta
Max Lane

+ The Beat Invitational
Heizenberg
.gif
FuturaHelvetica
Mont Berg Kingsmen
Vandetta

Visuals by Brandon Tay

5 Oct 2013, Saturday
11PM – 4AM
Home Club
20 Upp Circular Road, The Riverwalk, Singapore
Admission: $20 (with 1 drink)

22

Aug

2013

Vandetta in LA Weekly

The one and only Vandetta spoke to the LA Weekly about her upcoming self-titled EP out on 15 October. Read Vanessa Fernandez Sings the Singapore Blues.

29

May

2013

SYNDICATE Subsessions ft Pleasantry x Fauxe and Weish

The SYNDICATE Subsessions continues to push the boundaries and for this installment it presents the lush sonic offerings by Pleasantry, Fauxe and Weish. For the first time ever, the Subsessions stage plays host to a collaborative set where Singapore’s current indie darlings, Pleasantry, shares the spotlight with emerging electronic producer, Fauxe.

Meanwhile, Weish will also helm the stage with her one-woman live-looping performance.

Formed in late 2010, Pleasantry crafts and carves music out of each member’s disparate listening background. The end result is a plush and infectious bunch of songs coupled with live performances of great musicality.

These traits that defined Pleasantry will be set against the textural electronic approach of Fauxe and vice versa. Upon listening to the Fauxe remix of a Pleasantry track, “Window Gazer”, the fit seems perfect for the collaboration to take place live on a proper stage.

Weish is a voice of displacement, suspended between talk and silence, comedy and despair, guilt and ignorance, momentum and ennui, originality and cliché. Armed with her looper pedal and a treasury of cherished collaborations, Weish has grown significantly in writing and performance over the past year.

The two performances will be accompanied with live visuals from guest visual artist, Jun, who had previously collaborated with the likes of Monster Cat and The B Quartet.

Event Details

SYNDICATE & The Substation Presents:
SYNDICATE Subsessions ft Pleasantry x Fauxe and Weish
Visuals by Jun

1 June 2013, Saturday
8PM – 10PM
The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street
$20 – tickets available from the Substation Box Office
6337 7800 / boxoffice@substation.org

25

Apr

2013

Max Lane – BRIGHT//SHINE is now online

This sixth offering from the SYNDICATE imprint, BRIGHT//SHINE, marks the long awaited release by Singaporean producer, Max Lane. The four-track EP compiles the ever-experimenting beatmaker’s adventure into the sonic realm of head-nodding rhythms. From start to end, Max Lane manages to present his own blend of clunky yet intricate beats with pulsating basslines and modulating synth melodies.

Picking up from where he left off from his self-released The Mim Project EP (2009), Max Lane extends his homage to the late Javanese literary great, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. An audio reading excerpt from Pramoedya’s This Earth of Mankind is featured in the opening track, ‘Don’t Ask My Name”. This nod to the realm of Southeast Asian literature can be found again in the ‘Voodoo Martyr’ where you will find the processed & chopped-up voice of Singapore’s left-field icon, X’Ho, reading out Alfian Saat’s “Singapore You’re Not My Country”.

Definitely a release that is craft out with many layers, you have to listen to BRIGHT//SHINE over and over again to peel them off one at a time.

Check out Max Lane – BRIGHT//SHINE in the SYNDICATE Bandcamp store.

19

Mar

2013

SYNDICATE Subsessions ft Kiat & Vandetta

The SYNDICATE Subsessions kicks off its second year with two special performances from artists within the SYNDICATE stable itself; Kiat and Vandetta. Often seen collaborating together on stages all over the world, the two artists will stand on their own for a night of live beats and bass.

One half of Octover and known to many as Vanessa Fernandez, Vandetta is an experimental outlet for this multi-talented songstress to explore the electronic realm on her own. Other than doing what she does best with her sultry voice, this new adventure places Vandetta in a position where she is in full control of her musical expression.

For her performance you can expect some live-looping, vocal-processing and button-pushing actions in this one-woman show where she will be playing tracks from her upcoming release.

A name that needs no introduction and one of Southeast Asiaʼs pioneers of left field electronica, Kiat is finally ready to take on the Subsessions stage. More known for his club sets, this showcase will definitely unveil a different side of Kiat.

Inclining towards the style and sounds of his full-length album, The Inner Galaxy, Kiat has put together a stellar list of supporting musicians, aptly named The Inner Galaxies, to present this cosmic voyage on stage. Consisting of Jason Tan from Octover, acclaimed artist Andy Yang and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Aesili, Kiat & The Inner Galaxies is set to take you to another dimension.

Presenting the visual journeys for both performances will be SYNDICATE resident visualist, Brandon Tay.

Event Details

SYNDICATE & The Substation Presents:
SYNDICATE Subsessions ft Kiat & Vandetta
Visuals by Brandon Tay

30 March 2013, Saturday
8PM – 10PM
The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street
$20 – tickets available from the Substation Box Office
6337 7800 / boxoffice@substation.org

22

Jan

2013

Home Club presents: SYNDICATE, The Third Anniversary

Come 2 February, we celebrate our third anniversary at Home Club with a long list of local luminaries to grace its stage. The night will witness a grand get together of all the major collectives, nights and labels that have been active in the burgeoning Singapore scene.

Eight acts have been lined-up for this celebration to cover the main sounds and fly their crew flags high with their own audio aesthetics and party vibes. From the uplifting vibrations of the boys from Good Vibes and Pushin’On to the clinical approach of TRU:SPIRIT and Midnight Shift and the more experimental nods of Darker Than Wax and Phyla Digital; it will be one memorable jamboree.

Maintaining this communal affair, the Beat Invitational showcase takes a twist where the local labels are invited to present their latest selections of unreleased tracks and rarities.

Event Details

Home Presents:
SYNDICATE, The Third Anniversary

Gema
Syafii
Fauxe
DJ Chunk
Zeratone
Funk Bast*rd
Norman C
Gerald Ang

+ The Label Invitational
Darker Than Wax
Phyla Digital
Order Records
SYNDICATE

Visuals by Brandon Tay

2 Feb 2013, Saturday
10PM – 4AM
Home Club
20 Upp Circular Road, The Riverwalk, Singapore
Admission: $15 (with 1 drink)

 
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SYNDICATE is the most forward thinking music & visual super-collective in Singapore. It is set to deconstruct and reassemble sound concepts & visual ideas with live performances and installations set in various spaces & contexts.

SYNDICATE performs every first Saturday of the month @ Home Club.